Marsh Gator Newsletter

May 2nd- May 6th

What's Happening this Week?



Monday, May 2nd

Testing at 6th grade lunch-Library

Thank you cards at lunch

Tuesday, May 3rd

Club live at student lunch

Testing at 6th grade lunch-Library

Wednesday, May 4th

KLEAN Club Meeting, 6th grade lunch, P-29

Cube Club at lunch!

Thursday, May 5th

Football at lunch - back field

Testing at 6th grade Lunch-Library

Friday, May 6th

Testing at 6th grade lunch-library

Thank you!

Thank you to all the families that donated items this week to help make each day special for our Marsh Teachers and Staff. We appreciate your generosity!
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8th Grade Families Save the Date - Promotion Information

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In honor of our promoting 8th graders

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Marsh Junior High school Summer Camp

Marsh Junior High school Families,

Are you looking for something fun for your Gator to do this summer. If so, consider having them in the Marsh Summer Camp June 6 - June 24th. Space is limited so be on the lookout for the official paper application that will be sent home May 10th. Please turn in the completed application to the main office.

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Marsh Junior High school annual Chalk Draw

Gators be sure to mark your calendars! Marsh will be hosting their annual Chalk Draw on Monday, May 9th. Selected student artists will be decorating our exterior Marsh sidewalks with their beautiful artwork. You will want to be sure to swing by after school and take an "art stroll" to see all of their beautiful creations. This is sure to be an event you will not want to miss!

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CUSD Youth Fair at Marsh

Chico Unified School District hosted their first annual Youth Fair this last week at Marsh. This event provided a venue where families could learn about local organizations that offer youth camps and enrichment activities for K-12 students during the summer and throughout the year.
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Soccer schedule!

Letter Regarding CAASPP Assessment.

Please view this letter regarding the ongoing CAASPP Assessment. The letter can also be found online here
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Attention 6th Grade Families

Attention 6th Grade Families:

All 6th grade students need an immunization called Tdap before you can start 7th grade. It is recommended that you make an appointment for this immunization ASAP as doctors’ offices get full quickly. Please bring proof of immunization to the health office as soon as possible to get a better chance of getting your preferred elective. If your student does not have proof of this vaccine by August 15th they will not be able start school until they get it. If you already got the vaccine, please turn the paperwork to the health office. Thank you!

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Multicultural Club - Arab American Heritage Month

This week's multicultural focus was on learning about Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr celebrated by Muslims all over the world. During Ramadan, Muslims over the age of 12 years fast. This means that from sunrise until sunset, they do not eat or drink. There are two meals during Ramadan. There is an early meal before sunrise called suhoor. The fast is broken with a nighttime meal after sunset called iftar.

For Muslims, the month of Ramadan is a time to focus on faith, generosity, and charity. Sadaqah are good deeds that Muslims carry out during Ramadan. Some choose to food, money or time. Others might participate in community events like picking up trash or assisting a local food drive.

After the last day of Ramadan, there is a three-day festival called Eid al-Fitr. Eid al-Fitr means the “Festival of Breaking the Fast.” Families and friends gather together to celebrate. Some families have the tradition of decorating their homes and giving gifts. As for food, people eat all sorts of delicious treats. Traditional foods are fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, bread, cheeses, and desserts.

Students created Edi Party Crackers, a traditional craft used to decorate for the three day celebration, Eid al-Fitr.

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Incoming 7th and 8th Graders - After School Program Registration is OPEN NOW!!

The Marsh After School program registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open. Register at the main CUSD website here for clubs, fun activities and homework help! Blast is an amazing resource, and your student will have a BLAST!

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Want to be in leadership next year? Apply here!

If you answered yes to these questions, apply here!


CONGRATS to our latest MJHS Elected Officers:

President: Alexis Serna

Vice President: Brooke Muff

Secretary: Ava Seitz

Treasurer: Ella Smith

Summer camps are coming!

Attention Gators! Summer is just around the corner and we’re excited to see so many summer camp options available within our local community. If you’re interested in having some much overdue fun this summer, check out the CARD website and search programs by age. Registration for summer camps starts April 4th.

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A Spring reminder for behavior expectations.


Parents we need your help

If you drop your child off at the 7-11/ Great Harvest area on late start Wednesday, please remind them of appropriate Gator Way behavior. If a student is dropped off at school, students are NOT allowed to leave campus. We appreciate your help getting this message out to our Gators!
Wednesday support

Drop in math help is avaliable!

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SEL Featured short! Backpack full of stress!

Stress can be a hard thing to carry around! Thats why we are bringing you this short film made by Chico's own House of Blue at Pleasant Valley High School!
Backpack full of stress

Yearbooks are still available

Attention Gator Families!

Yearbooks are available to pre-order! Reserve your copy online at the MJHS Online Store. Supplies are limited! Visit

Pre-ordered Yearbooks will be distributed at lunch on Tuesday, May 24th. Questions regarding Yearbook purchases can be directed to Suzanne Snow, Account Tech at Thank you!

Student Store Hours:

Monday: 7:30 - 11:00

Tuesday 7:30 - 3:15

Thursday: 7:30 - 3:15

Classroom Spotlight

This week's classroom spotlight is on Mr. King's Drumming Class. Students of all levels are able to learn basic drumming skills. In this elective class Marsh Gators learn how to read music, are able to make new friends, and learn a new life-long skill. Drumming demands the coordination of both fine and gross motor skills, mental speed, listening ability and the ability to automate movements. In addition drumming has been proven to reduce tension, anxiety and stress: As an exercise, drumming releases hormones that are associated with feelings of well-being. We are so proud of our Gators and all they are learning!

Drumming Class Marsh Jr.
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Manor Project Showcase

Mr. Hagues' class had a school wide showcase of the Manor projects they have been working on. Students have dedicated much time and effort to these projects and it was great to see them enjoyed by all!

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Anti-Vape Presentation

Mrs. Metsger's class learned about the harmful effects of vaping this last week. CUSD's Tobacco Use Prevention Education Coordinator, along with several students from Chico State, came to talk to some of our 8th grade science classes about the harmful effects of vaping. They shared with students the science behind cognitive and physiological impacts of addiction, as well as the dangers of false advertising occurring many vape juice products, and vape juice still being largely unregulated by the FDA.
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STEM Showcase - STEM Field Trip

In an effort to establish a pipeline for STEM education across the grade levels, our 7th and 8th graders were invited to participate in a big buddy/little buddy-style collaboration with Chico High STEM students. As part of this experience, MJHS students were able to visit the high school’s robotics and engineering lab and see demonstrations of advanced, award-winning robots built by CHS students. In addition, they learned about the variety of career pathways, programs, and robotics competition events that could be available to them as high school students, and beyond.

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Marsh Band Preforms at the CUSD Youth Fair

The Marsh Jr. High School Band brought the entertainment to this year's district youth fair. Marsh students were asked to perform at the fair, and sounded amazing. Check out these videos to get a first hand look at their performance. We are so proud of our Gators!
MJHS band performance youth fair 2022
MJHS Band performance at youth fair
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Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, is a proven learning support structure, known as WICOR , that incorporates teaching/learning methodologies in the critical areas of Writing to Learn, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading to Learn. WICOR provides a learning model that educators can use to guide students in comprehending concepts and articulating ideas at increasingly complex levels.

Marsh’s teachers have been trained in the WICOR principles and incorporate their proven strategies into their lessons. This week's WICOR spotlight is Mrs. Nielson's Spanish Class. Mrs. Neilson used a strategy known as storyboarding to have students summarize, in Spanish, the story El Capibara Con Botas. Storyboarding is a strategy requiring students to sequence a series of events or concepts by writing summaries, creating illustrations, and posing questions. This activity helps students develop skills in chronological reasoning, summarizing, and causation.Students did this in a fun format as "instagram posts" which shared about the chapters they read. Way to go Mrs. Nielson, you are a WICOR Rock Star!!

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Mark Your Calendars

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Birthdays this week!

Here's our list of birthdays for this week! Make sure to wish them a happy birthday if you see them on campus!

This Week's Birthdays

Aiden N. 5/1

Thomas P. 5/1

Reed P. 5/1

Eva H. 5/2

Jorden N. 5/2

Gracie B. 5/3

Oscar P. 5/5

Melissa R. 5/5

Laila A. 5/6

Ben G. 5/6

Cade R. 5/6

Dominic F. 5/7

Ramiro C. 5/8

Desttiny P. 5/8

Atta Gator Award

Check out last week's Atta Gator Award winners! The Atta Gator award is chosen by staff who nominate a student who showed excellency that week!

Gator Greatness Award Winners

This week's Gator Greatness Award goes to the following students. These students continually demonstrate the Gator Way: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe. Way to go, we are so proud of you!!

Attendance Winners for the Week

The following students are our attendance winners for the week. These students had zero tardies and have 95% or better attendance rate!! Keep up the great work Gators!

DeJuan Allen, 7th Grade

Dane Cox, 6th Grade

Tori Fields, 7th Grade

Clare Lynch, 8th Grade

Jack Walden, 8th Grade

Friday Fun Day At Lunch

Every Friday at Marsh Jr. High school our amazing Leadership teacher and students set up Friday Fun Day at lunch. This day is designed to build community, keep studnet active, and connect students to other students of similar interest. There are a variety of activities for students to choose from, music, and fun to be had by all. Here are some highlights from this week's Friday Fun Day!
Corn hike at lunch
Spikeball at lunch
Football at lunch
Volleyball at lunch

Join the Junior Viking sports teams!

Positions are open in both junior Viking football and cheer teams! No tryouts necessary! Ages 6 to 14 welcome!
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Forebay Aquatic Center is open for students!

Join the Forebay aquatic centers 2022 school programs!

links resources in the poster can be found here!


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Rentals and more information can be found on their website at

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Mental Health Education Series

Over the past 4 years Butte county children, families, and schools have experienced a high degree of stress and trauma due to the ongoing crisis. Join us for an educational series designed to increase awareness of your child's mental health, your own wellness, and examine ways that you as parents can intervene more effectively. This series will be led by MS, MFT and NMT certified Matt Reddam, who specializes in the treatment of complex trauma and general psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults.

This week's video focuses on Strategies for Talking to Teens about Mental Health

Talking to Teens about Mental Health

Join the KLEAN Club!

The Kids Leading Everyone Against Nicotine club seeks to provide a fun, engaging learning environment to teach middle schoolers to stand up against nicotine addiction and vaping. Every Wednesday in P-29 KLEAN club will host engaging activities and opportunities at lunch!

Lunchtime Fun!!

Are you looking for something fun to do at lunch? Do you like games or sports? Would you like a place where you can hang out with friends? If so, tcheck out these fun activities happening during the lunch period.

Games In the Library - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

* Fuego, Uno, Battleship, scattegories, and much more!

Sports Activities - Tuesdays and Thursdays

* Basketball, Football, Soccer, and more

Marsh Multicultural Club

Join the Marsh Multicultural Club - everyone welcome. This club is a fun way to learn, explore, and foster appreciation for the cultural diversity on our campus. Through this club you’ll have the opportunity to meet new people while contributing to building better school climate for all.
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Life saving skills for california students and school staff

Please join Living works youth summit for an online training program based on supporting our students through suicide prevention. This free training can be accessed through the link provided here or by texting "start" to 888-707-0780. The program is open to all California students and staff!
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Suicide Prevention 101 Webinar for Parents in English April 20 and Spanish April 21


Please register for the upcoming free webinar and Facebook Live event: Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents: Recognizing Signs and What to Do. This free webinar will provide information about suicide prevention for parents, including warning signs for suicide, how to have a conversation with their teen, actions to take if their teen is having a suicidal thoughts, and resources. The webinar is provided in partnership with the California Department of Education, the California Mental Health Services Authority, the Directing Change Program, and Teen Line. The webinar is offered in English and Spanish.

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for children and youth ages 10-24. It is imperative that we provide information to parents on how to recognize signs of suicidal ideation and how support their children who may experiencing emotional distress.

In English:

Registrese para este seminario gratuito virtual que también sera transmitdo en vivo por Facebook: Módulo 1—Prevención del Suicidio para Padres: Las Señales y Qué Hacer. Este seminoario gratuito proveera información y recursos sobre las prevención del suicidio que incluye: cómo reconocer las señales de advertencia de suicidio, cómo tener una conversación con tu hijo/a, y que hacer si tu hijo esta pensando en el suicidio.

El suicidio es la segunda causa principal de muerte para niños y jóvenes de 10 a 24 años. Es muy importante que brindemos información a los padres sobre cómo reconocer los signos de contemplamiento de suicidio y cómo apoyar a sus hijos que pueden estar experimentando angustia emocional.

In Spanish:

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Counseling posters

Need help from a Counselor? Come scan any one of these posters, or click poster itself to get in contact with one of our team!

The Care Team

THRIVE's newest project - The CARE Team. This program is for Butte County high school-aged youth.

The CARE Team helps connect young people and their immediate circle with support and resources . Their mission is to prevent and limit the recurrence of youth suicide in our community and ensure every young person knows just how much they matter. Click the links below to learn more.

Visit the North Valley Community Foundation THRIVE Online Resource Page

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Visit the North Valley Community Foundation CARE Team (Community, Assessment, Response and Education Team) Website

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Attendance/Parent Square Communication

Did you know that Parents and Guardians can view Attendance Notices on their app or website and can submit notes back to the school? See how in the information flier below.
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Lunchtime Fun

Students have many opportunities to stay connected and have fun during the lunch period at Marsh. Gators check out some of these activities next time you are at lunch.

Cube Club - Wednesday

Club Live -Tuesdays and Thursdays

Flag Football - back field

Basketball - basketball courts

4 Square - back courts

Volleyball - back courts

Board Games and Cards - library

Fun Friday; Spikeball cornhole, and music - WIFI area

Staff Kickball Game against Chico Jr!

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Marsh School Culture: #Gatorpride

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Stay Informed and Connected

Marsh Junior High School Website

Get up to date information for Marsh Junior High School

MJHS Facebook

Join Marsh Junior High School Facebook

MJHS PTSO Facebook

Join the Marsh Junior High School PTSO Facembook Page

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